Little Sal | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Few things are more synonymous with Maine than blueberries. After we spent years making fruit beers, a tiny farm in Windham, Maine asked us to try a beer with their blueberries. We were so happy with the result, we decided to use their entire crop.
We add two pounds of blueberries per gallon to sour red beer and age it for six months in a red wine barrel. The resulting beer is dark violet in color, with earthy aromas of blueberry and oak, and juicy, tart flavors of blueberry.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 05-05-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,990
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
94
pDev:
9.13%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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79
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Trade:
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of bobv
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Jan. 20, 2016.
Vigorous pour yields a fleeting 1/2 inch light pink head over a purple body. Head is gone in seconds with no lacing. Nose of blueberries, slight red wine barrel, and ever so slight funk. Wonderful taste of blueberries with a sweet and tart finish when the red wine tannins appear. The fruit sweetness hangs around at the end also for a perfectly balanced experience. Amazing! Nice feel and overall a fantastic blueberry sour. Damn, what a beer! Cheers to Allagash for this beauty!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml corked and caged bottle poured into willybecher glass.

A: Beautiful red purple body with what looks like huge carbonation. The Head wasn’t big but it had a nice red hue.

S: Lots of blueberries, and a little strawberry, get a light bit of Belgian yeast smell and Some vinegar. The oak from the wine and the grapes come out nicely.

T: Lots of the nose follows into the taste. Has a nice light puckering not super sour but very nice lots of blueberry.

M: Slightly tart nice carbonation dry finish.

O: Another amazing beer from Allagash, I love blueberries and this is exactly what you want a blueberry sour to taste like.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. Darker brown-purple body, one finger white head. Interesting smell and flavour, took me a little bit to get warmed up to it. Slightly plasticky at the beginning while cold, a bit of leather and citrus, funk, light oak. The blueberry sweetness starts to pop out a bit more as it warms and that plastic-like character fades away. So definitely wait to drink this one at least at cellar temperature, rather than chilled. Mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied, slightly plasticky finish that gives way to a bit of sweet fruit on the finish accompanied by a mild-moderate acetic acidity.

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Photo of Budlum
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Nosh

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Photo of AirBob
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vicirus
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tukiluka
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

In my teku the beer is a pretty light purple color and it has no head.
Nice aroma of blueberries, oak, and vanilla.
Sweet and tart blueberry taste. Very earthy and funky.
I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this beer. The blueberries and the sense of earthiness worked beautifully with each other.

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Photo of mltobin
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jhfinn
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RollBounce
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmorris15
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brianmandell
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 7irondave
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-draught @ One Mile House.

B+ (3.88) / VERY GOOD

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Photo of Scarflower
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacob17
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrBier
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trevorpost
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScientificSquill
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at EBF.

This one pours a pretty tasty-looking dark blue, looks like a ton of blueberries were used in this one. It stains the sample glass a bit, even. There's a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like ridiculously sour and fleshy blueberries, with some oak and heavy acid. Smells pretty inviting.

This beer is absolutely ridiculous, but fairly out-of-character for Allagash. Allagash is usually a bit more even-handed with their beers, preferring complex subtlety over bombast. So it's kinda cool to just see them go HAM on a beer like this- it's a blueberry bomb, through and through. It's sometimes hard to get blueberry flavor to come through strongly and effectively in a sour, but Allagash seems to have it figured out. The flavor is so pulpy, juicy, and blindingly sour, with some good oak character as well. It's pretty simple, but devastatingly effective.

This is medium bodied, with a seedy and super juicy mouthfeel. The sourness lingers for a while on the palate.

This is exceptional, and kind of against the grain when it comes to what Allagash usually does. I'd wish for a bit of funk complexity, but I can't argue with how this tastes.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour at EBF with no line at the Allagash booth. Yet another nearly perfect fruited wild ale from Allagash. Everything in balance, including the level of sourness. Despite being so well known and respected, Allagash is still underrated.

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Little Sal from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 94 ratings